The Crown of the Curse

April 12, 2017

The Crown of the Curse

Matthew 29:27-28

27Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head.

Let’s talk briefly about the crown of thorns that Jesus wore to the cross.  We can readily understand through the Word the significance of the crucifixion of Christ and how our redemption was bought and our sins paid for through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus.  We also can grasp the truth that, “ by His stripes we were healed.”  It was another aspect of suffering on the part of Jesus that brought healing to our mortal man.  Sin, sickness, disease are all aspects of the curse Adam brought upon mankind, along with the thistles and thorns that come up to choke out the precious life giving seed.  Genesis 3:17 –18 tells us, “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life; 

 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.” 

The crown of thorns represented another aspect of our salvation and redemption through Christ and what He suffered.  Jesus died to free us from that Adamic curse and so He dealt with all of the aspects of that curse.  Galatians 3:13-14 says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” 14He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit”.  We can readily see through the Word how that Christ came to be the anti-type of Adam.  What Adam accomplished in his disobedience to bring the curse upon man and sin into the world, Jesus Christ came to redeem man from that curse through His act of obedience to God.  Romans5: 14 –18 explains it, “14Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. 15But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. 18Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”  Jesus Christ’s act of obedience through His Passion deals with every aspect of the curse under which man has lived and is the way of salvation from it all.  Our salvation isn’t just for our soul, it goes far beyond even that, to ultimately redeem and transform the whole man, spirit, soul and body.  

We see thorns coming up in the waste place and in places where they can choke out the good seed.  It must be like the unregenerate mind that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. It is seen in the religion and vain philosophies of men, the cares of life and the world, the imaginations that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God.  They are all of the things in life that divert our thinking and meditation from God and His Word.  Isaiah 7:23-24 says, “23 In that day, in every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels, there will be only briers and thorns. 24 Men will go there with bow and arrow, for the land will be covered with briers and thorns.”  The thorns are what come in to choke out life and blessing.  It is so like our minds that are the fields and the seed is what we plant in them to bring forth a fruitful harvest.  Left unattended or given over to the natural order, thorns and thistle will come in to choke out the good seed.  Jesus used this illustration in Matthew 13 when he gave the parable about the sower who went out scattering his seed. He explains about the conditions of the soil, or if you will, the state of men’s minds and attitudes. “Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.” When the disciples later questioned Jesus about what this meant, he told them in Matthew 13:22-23.  “The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Thorns are something we hate because we know that if they get into our skin they cause great discomfort and continually distract and divert our attention until they are dealt with and removed.  That is the way satan is.  He is that thorn continually diverting our attention from the Word and the life that it produces.  The thorns continually want to choke out that life in us with all of the cares and worries of life.   The crown of thorns represent the curse that robs our mind of the precious seed of God, thorns want to spring up and choke out the life in people.  Ironically, we often mistake our crown of thorns for our crown of glory, because we are so diverted in our own accomplishments that we are missing the crown of righteousness.   In truth, Christ bore our crown of shame that we might wear His crown of righteousness that He has for those that love Him.  In 2 Timothy 4:8 the apostle Paul tells us, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 

Christ wore the crown of shame, the symbol of our curse, beaten down on His head with the rod of man’s religion and authority.  He wore it that, in return, He might give us a renewed mind through which we might experience and lay hold of the transforming power of His mighty Word through in-working of His Spirit.  

Some of us are still allowing the thorns to reign in our lives when Christ wants to impart to us the crown of His righteousness.  We have been redeemed from the curse.  By faith we must appropriate what Christ has so graciously and mercifully provided, but as in any garden, we must remove the weeds, the thistles and the thorns that still want to come in to rob and choke out the precious seed of Life.

Blessings,

#kent

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